St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church
Our Mission: "To Love, Praise, Welcome and Serve" 
       The  Navigator    

Third Sunday in Advent
      December 17 , 2017

   Please welcome back The Rev. Vesta Kowalski
   who will preside at our service this Sunday.

The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England

  All are Welcome!

           Sunday, December 17, 2017
           10 am:  Holy Eucharist 
Readings for the Third Sunday in Advent :     

(Please see scripture Notes Below)  




On the Calendar
Sunday, December 17    - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Vesta Kowalski
                                    - Discussion of Sermon following the Service 
Monday, December 18   - 9:30-11am  Parenting and Children Group
                                   - 10am  Timely Traders Investment Group
                                   - 4:30pm  Silent Meditation/ Centering Prayer
Sunday, December 24    - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Vesta Kowalski       
                                Advent 4    
- Greening of the Church to follow the service                           
Thursday, December 28  - 4pm  Service in Remembrance of the Massacre of  
                                                  the Innocents 
Sunday December 31     - Holy Eucharist with The Rev Stephen Hayward
                                                - Lessons and Carols -
 Click here to visit the Events Page Calendar on the website for     
  up-to-date information.  

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Christmas Message
Please Click on the Image above for a link to the Video Message
      St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church
Our Mission is to love, praise, welcome, and serve:
         · to love one another as Christ loves us,
   · to praise God in all things,
   · to welcome and affirm all persons,
   · to serve the needs of one another and of those
                                on the island, the peninsula, and throughout the world.
Our V alues:       
  · Welcome others with respect and compassion;
        · Listen to others with trust and appreciation ;
              · Seek God's goodness in each person;
              · Strive for consensus and work collaboratively;
              · Join in acts of loving kindness;
              · Share our faith joyfully across the generations;
        · Engage as many of our parishioners as possible,
                   year-round, in our common life and ministries;
        · Learn from our past and look to the future with hope.
                           St. Brendan the Navigator 
                                Parish Renewal Plan 
     Parish Renewal Plan Report #4 
  Three Goals Accomplished, Six Goals In Process of Being Accomplished,  
Two Goals Yet to be Addressed (as of 11/30/17)
To Review Renewal Plan Report #4,  
                    please click link below: 
 Please click on the link below for the Parish Renewal Plan in detail, as approved by the Parish August 13, 2017: 
The Plan is also available on our web site: 
Education and Spiritual Development Ministry
Please join us following Sunday's service for a sermon discussion lead  
by The Rev. Vesta Kowalski.

                    RENEWAL  AND  JOY!
Stewardship for 2018
Your Stewardship committee thanks all of our members who pledged - especially all who increased their pledges this year - and to Pastor Elaine Hewes for her thoughtful blessing on our pledges.
We are about half way to our last year's goal of $82,250 and urge those who have not yet submitted their pledges to do so either on line or by snail mail. All on-line pledges are confidential as only Carolyn Mor checks the site for submissions.

Please help St.Brendan's to continue to do its mission and to grow as a church. 
Thank you all.  
Special Thanks to the Stewardship & Finance Ministry!
A big 'Thank You!' to members of the Stewardship Ministry, Ruth Robinson, Martha &  
Pete Dane, Jo Jacob as well as Barbara Wright for the home made soup, pastries and other wonderfully delicious food enjoyed by all in attendance at the In-Gathering last Sunday!  
From your Very Appreciative Vestry !
Worship & Music Ministry Reminder for Upcoming Services 
Please take note of the following services planned this holiday season:   
December 24 - Advent IV (Greening of the Church following the service)
December 28 - Thursday at 4pm- Service in remembrance of the Massacre  
of the Innocents
December 31 -  10am Lessons and Carols
Note- For those wishing to attend a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Service:
St. Francis Episcopal Church, Blue Hill, has the following schedule:
Christmas Eve at 5:00 pm with a pot luck following
Christmas Day Service at 10am
Thank You! 
Of Community Interest
Deadline for Age-Friendly Coastal Communities Survey is Monday
 December 18th
Age-Friendly Coastal Communities is working with town selectmen and organizations that provide services in the towns of the Blue Hill Peninsula, Deer Isle and Stonington  
to gather information about strengths and needs, particularly regarding older residents, in our neighborhood of towns. Your opinions will help us identify opportunities for improvement for families of all ages. All survey responses will be anonymous. 
If you have not yet taken the survey, please click on the link below to take the survey.   

Scripture Notes for the Third Sunday in Advent  
On this Third Sunday of Advent we again are focused on John the Baptist. Today we hear more about John's ministry and his response to questions raised by his message. An important issue for many in the days of the early Church was the relationship between Jesus and John. In response to those who believed that John the Baptist was the  Messiah, the early Christians remembered John's own words: "I am not the Messiah...I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord.'"
The first reading is Isaiah's poem of the anointed one and his ministry of peace, healing, and  redemption. In his first sermon Jesus applied this passage to himself. In this Advent time we  anticipate our celebration of the birth of the anointed one who comes to save.
The second reading is the conclusion of Paul's first letter to the Church in Thessalonica. 
He  wrote this letter to encourage them to persevere in the Way as they waited for the return of Jesus. Paul assures them that the Lord will return but that their lives now are  
to reflect the nature of God's Kingdom rather than to be spent in sitting back and awaiting  
the End.
The  Church's Eucharist is a foretaste of that coming of Christ which is still ahead. In word and sacrament, song and story, we encounter the Reign of God in our midst and we  
reveal that future joy to the world. Like John the Baptist we are sent ahead of the One  
who is coming and our joy  is to see God's presence in the world increase.

From The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and Seasons of the Church Year.  
Copyright © 2009 by Michael W. Merriman. Church Publishing Incorporated, New York.

In Our Prayers
We pray for those on our prayer list suffering and recovering from illnesses especially Rev. Edward Dufresne, William Rice Sr., Elaine Graham, Patricia P,   Pat Stoneburner, Tony Stoneburner, Kathy Gray, Holly Zack, Carolyn Angel, Colin MacNaught, Nancy Stearns, Andrew Harriman, Tom Davenport, Hannah Scaife, Marcia Scott, Sen. John McCain, Henry 'Hank' Millon, Jennifer Hulsey and her family Byron, Ben, and Clair. We pray, also, for those who love and care for them.

We pray for those struggling with addiction and mental illness.

We pray for all those receiving care through Neighbor Care and for all the residents of the Island Nursing Home, the Northern Bay Residential Facility,
and their families.

We pray for the dying, and those who have died. We remember also those who mourn.

We pray for the victims of gun violence-in our cities and towns, in our schools, in our places of worship, and in our homes.

We pray for the victims of the violence of armed conflicts around the world. We pray for those made refugees by the violence of armed conflicts. We pray for the victims of terrorist attacks everywhere.

We pray for all who suffer the effects of domestic violence and the violence
of bullying in our schools.

We pray for all peacemakers, and all those who work for justice.

We pray for all those serving in the armed forces of our country, remembering, especially, Craig, Chris, and Graham.

We pray for all who govern, and we pray for the concerns of our local community, remembering, especially, our children, our young people, and our isolated elderly.

We pray for Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Suheil, Bishop of Jerusalem; Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Steve, our Bishop; for the members of our vestry; and for all our members, whose ministries are varied and far-reaching.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the congregation of St. John's, Bangor. For those grieving the loss of a loved one this holiday season.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Wyoming - (VI, The Episcopal Church)

On the Island and Peninsula, we pray for Church of the Nazarene, Stonington.


                                          Icon of St. Brendan by Siri Beckman

Lord, I will trust you.

Help me to journey beyond the familiar and  into the unknown.  

Give me the faith to leave old ways and break new ground with you. 

Christ of the mysteries, I trust you to be stronger than each     storm  within me.  

 I will trust in the darkness and know that my times are in your hand.
Tune my spirit to the music of heaven, and somehow, make my   obedience count for you.   

                                                                                 -Prayer attributed to St. Brendan


Contact Information

St. Brendan the Navigator
627 North Deer Isle Road
Deer Isle, ME 04627

Telephone: 207-348-6240

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 305, Deer Isle, ME 04627 

Office Hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 12-5pm

Emergency Contacts:

Vestry Members:

Elisabeth Ingoldsby, Senior Warden
Tel: Home: 207-348-2586 / Cell: 207-266-4541

Josephine Jacob, Junior Warden         
Tel: 207-348-6997 / Cell: 207-664-4884

Pete Dane-Treasurer 348-5245 
Barbara Kourajian-Clerk 326-9153 
Rich Paget 367-6569 
Miriam Antich 348-7745 
Peter Tarlton 348-9908

Pastoral Care: Miriam Antich
Tel: 207-348-7745